- As few people as possible, preferably one parent/carer to one child (this eliminates distractions and can help when a shy or spirited child needs a bit more encouragement to sit or stand for a portrait)
- A entire outfit change - as accidents happen and we want everything too look good and match
- WIPES (lots of them)
- A favourite toy or comforter (this helps easy the child in a new environment or unfamiliar environment)
- For girls - hair brushes, clips, hairbands
- Snacks (dry snacks) biscuits, apples raisons - snacks that wont spill or stain.
- Water to drink (not juice as juice can cause stains and hype the little ones up)
Monday, 5 November 2012
Top tips to prepare your child to be photographed
I thought I'd share some advice on preparing your child for a photographic shoot or just home photo's ingeneral
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Try letting them choose their outfit (give them a few options to choose from - not the whole wardrobe)
Try to dress them in simple colours – not to many colours that deter your attention away from the child. Boys always look good in colour that closely resemble their eye colours. Try not to dress them in anything that has a lot of big writing on the front. Girls obviously always look great in pinks and yellows and bright blues…
Wash their hair the night before
Girls look lovely with over sized clips, flowers or hairbands in their hair - colours that match their outfit are best
Bring a few accessories for both girls and boys anything you think would look good in a picture, girls especially love accessories – boys love their ride on’s – bring it along even if it doesn’t get used.
Stand behind the photographer - To help the photographer - we are trying to get the child to look into the camera for best results
Try arranging your shoot early in the day - they are in their best moods then and are more inclined to pose and do things for the camera
Make sure their tummies are full and they are well rested – grumpy, hungry children do not photograph that well!
Things to bring along to a photo shoot:
When in doubt contact the photographer and ask their opinion.
From Grumpy child photography To happy child photography
I do love Made in Chelsea
...even if its made in cheese...
A few words from the fabulously wealthy !
Here we select 10 of Boulle's most precious gems:
* "Agree a price up front and get it in writing. My mother got my first ever invoice after I'd fixed the video recorder when I was nine. But we hadn't agreed a price beforehand. She fleeced me on the deal, claiming that my payment was continued food, shelter and lifts to school. A tough, but necessary, life lesson."
* "Networking isn't a nine-to-five activity, it's a way of life. I never stop networking, whether I'm working out, having a picnic or playing polo …. Be discreet. Best not to approach anyone at funerals or AA meetings. Generally, it's bad form to network in places of worship, with the exception of banks."
* "Tweet enough, but not too much. Anything more than once an hour makes you look like a twaddict."
* "The holy trinity of money management: spend a third, save a third, invest a third. This concept was illustrated by my mother when she gave me my first allowance, at five, and subsequently took two-thirds back: one third for my piggy bank and one third to invest in my burgeoning stamp collection.
* "Remember to feed and water your staff, and reward them with day trips to the zoo."
* "Always have an exit strategy in business, but keep it legal. Best to exit without handcuffs."
* "Surround yourself with success and intelligence – both are infectious."
* "Approach the early stages of relationships as a classic military campaign. Reading The Art of War is much more useful than Cosmo at the beginning. Getting yourself into the power position is critical – the same as claiming the hill in a battle."
* "Try to befriend people called Stephen, or any derivative of the name. They seem more successful than the rest of the population."
* "Throw as many parties as you can afford. It positions you at the centre of your ever-expanding network. Everyone needs a Gatsby in their life."
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Love photographica takes off
I recently did my first school shoot and absolutely LOVED IT and the KIDS!
Best move of my life
I love capturing the feelings and expression and personality of the little kiddy winks.
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Sunday, 29 July 2012
Olympics London 2012
So it was the opening ceremony in London this weekend - Olympics 2012
The opening ceremony apparently cost 26 Million pounds to produce... It was a very british ceremony and I think a few hits and misses (no Beijing - but it didn't need to be ) - but over all very very nice display - especially James bond and the Queen jumping out the plane and my favourite - the most amazing cauldron ... pictured below...
This is my first Olympics that I can actually attend - and to be honest I have never thought much of the Olympics - living in Africa most of my life its not talked or promoted much... But I'm an olympic convert now... It is rather inspiring to see these men and women give it there all! I've never really understood the hype or the reasoning behind the Olympics - but I think it was best explained at the opening ceremony perfectly. The olympics is about the goodness in mankind... its a demonstration of goodness and the best that man can be - its a time of sharing in camaraderie and the spirit of sportsmanship. A celebration of good clean fun...
That with the fact that the mens and womens cycle race came through our town and pretty much right past our house, has got me the buzz with Olympic fever.... So who am I routing for ? South Africa (as I'm born and bread there), Germany (as both my parents are German ) and England (as this has been my home for the last 5 years)... That way I can get excited about more gold medals and get to be more interested ...
|The family infront of Bushy park gate - waiting for the cyclist to arrive...|
|Racing to catch the players|
|Womens road race|
Friday, 20 July 2012
A Jubilees weekend
We recently enjoyed the Queens Jubeliee... It was almost as if it was a follow on to last years Kate and Will wedding... We had a street party in our new street we are now living in. It was ever so well planned and organised ! The kids and my Hubby and myself enjoyed ourselves emenscly...
It gave us a real sence of community - which I thought was wonderful. We met our neighbours who we have never met before and being the newbies on the block it was really welcoming... I feel that on a yearly basis we should have a community street party - it brings such a sense of belonging a world so changed - where there are no more nucleus families and everyone lives all over the globe and you no longer live in the same town for your hole life...
|The UK is the land of tea and cake ... how awesome are these cupcakes...|
|The queen came round to say HI!|
|English Roses ...|
|There was more cake and cupcakes at this event than sense... but oh where they SO yummy|
|My jubilee biscuits|
|Some more backed goodies... I was rather busy...|
|My beautiful baby princess ...|